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    Calling all Photographers, Stylists, Copywriters and Editors: we’re having an interview day on Tuesday, 10/6 in Seattle. Apply on our careers site to be considered for this event!”

    Careers in Studio | zulily

    Responsible for producing the images, copy, graphics and user experience, the zulily Studio team creates an entirely new shopping experience every day. Directly connected to the business, they work with Merchandising to creatively and energetically showcase great brands and products.

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    18 days ago

    We're excited Computer World named zulily one of their 2015 Data+ Editors' Choice Award Honorees!


    Online retailer Zulily launches more than 9,000 product styles and 100 special offers every day. The merchandising team that researches and acquires goods from scores of vendors wanted to know in real time what's selling, how profitable the items are, and whether they can get more inventory quickly when things sell out.


zulily – Why Work For Us?

We're a team building a great brand by delivering an amazing customer experience every day. We live by these values, and we're always looking for new team members who can share them.

Are you up for the opportunity to be part of something fantastic? That's exactly what we have to offer. Founded in Seattle, Washington, in 2009, zulily is an exciting place to work. It's like no place else!


People who thrive on innovation flourish at zulily. We're dedicated to customer care, to technology, and to creating an amazing shopping experience. Together, we achieve incredible results by exceeding the expectations of our customers - and ourselves - every day.

When you visit zulily's offices, expect to discover an energetic environment. As you walk around, you might see photo studios buzzing with activity. You might see boxes filled with tutus. You'll definitely see people working hard, and laughing hard too.

Interested in working at zulily but don't see a perfect opening to match your skills? That's okay! You never know what will pop up, so we want to hear from you. We're always looking for new members to join the zulily team.

To see all open positions, visit us at

Darrell Cavens | CEO
Prior to starting zulily, Darrell most recently spent a year at Microsoft, and almost nine years at Blue Nile. Darrell started at Blue Nile in 1999, just a few months after the company was founded. There he worked in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of marketing and technology. Prior to joining Blue Nile, Darrell spent a number of years at Starwave, a Seattle-based Internet company, working on large web properties like and Before moving to Seattle, Darrell worked as a project manager and consultant at Ingenia Communications in Canada. Darrell has a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son that keep him entertained and busy when he is not working.

Luke Friang | CIO
Luke was most recently vice president and chief information officer at, inc. where he oversaw all aspects of technology strategy, planning, development and operations. Prior to drugstore, he was senior director of e-commerce technologies at Costco Wholesale, Inc. and held a variety of roles at The Spiegel Group and its associated companies, including Eddie Bauer and The Spiegel Catalog. At Eddie Bauer, he served as director of Internet technologies and was responsible for the development of in 1999 and 2000. Luke serves on the board of directors for the WTIA (Washington Technology Information Association), enjoys playing competitive football and coaching teams for his twelve-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.

Bob Spieth | COO
Bob comes to zulily from OHL, a third-party logistics company, where he served most recently as President of Contract Logistics and previously as CIO. Earlier in his career, Bob worked for McKinsey & Company and Arrow Electronics, and served as an officer in the US Army. He holds an AB in Physics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and their two twenty-something daughters.

Lori Twomey | Chief Merchant
Lori was most recently the president of Charming Direct/Crosstown Traders, where she launched the Lane Bryant Woman catalogue in 2007. Prior to joining Crosstown Traders, she spent 16 years with Eddie Bauer in merchandising, product development and new business development, most recently as GMM of Eddie Bauer Direct. Lori loves to spend time in the outdoors, especially running marathons and half marathons.

Dave Atchison | Senior Vice President, Marketing
Dave joins us from RedEnvelope, where he was the head of marketing and analytics. Before working at RedEnvelope, Dave was the director of marketing for ProvideCommerce (ProFlowers). Previously, Dave founded a startup in the digital media space and spent a number of years as a strategic consultant for several Fortune 1000 companies. Dave and his wife recently welcomed a new addition to their family, a baby girl, and look forward to all the joys of parenthood (and eventually sleeping through the night).

Colleen McKeown | Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Prior to joining zulily as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Colleen was most recently the global VP of HR at Fluke, a Danaher company. Her previous experience includes a variety of senior level positions in sales, human resources, and labor relations in some of the nation’s largest companies, such as PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company, eFunds, and Northwest Airlines. Colleen keeps busy with two teenage daughters. Her family enjoys spending their free time together traveling and gardening, and they consider shopping a bona fide hobby (on zulily of course!).​​​

Building zulily’s big data platform: Check out this blog

Steve Reed from zulily presented at OSCON (7/22/2105) on Kubernetes launch. It is really amazing for zulily to part of a major launch from Google. Congratulations to all involved!

Video link: Check out this video

Kubernetes launch announcement Read Me


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    I applied online. I interviewed at zulily (Seattle, WA) in September 2015.


    I went to the Zulily Assistant Buyer recruiting event at their office. My appointment was for 11:30am. I got called out around 11:45am, got a super short tour of the office (basically just on the walk from the waiting room to the computer area), then I was led to a desk area with computers where others were taking exams. There was a print out of instructions (about 8-10 formatting steps and 8-10 calculations to make) and a print out of maybe like 5 formulas (Zulily cost, MSRP, etc.). An excel document was open with one sheet with instructions and the other sheet with the test. I asked the woman who set me up if I could read the directions first before beginning and she was like you're already being timed, which was NOT made clear to me. After 30 minutes, you are expected to close your computer. You wait until someone comes over, and they will take you to another room to check your work. I felt like I was walking into a sorority. All of the recruiting staff had on matching purple t-shirts that said "work at the zu". The girl that checked my work was very fake. She told me that I had done the calculations correctly but there were formatting errors, so I didn't pass. You can retake the test once more and if you fail again you can't take it for 6 months. I asked if I could write down what I did wrong, and she responded "you can think about it in your head". I think I would fail again if I took it a second time because there's not much of a way of knowing how to fix what I initially did wrong. The test seemed very unprofessional. I expected something with a start button and an actual computer analysis of whether I got questions right or wrong. The directions were really confusing to me, and I have a lot of experience with Excel from doing research in labs and in previous jobs. The columns that they referenced in the directions didn't seem to match up to what was on the actual spreadsheet. Like they might reference "Zulily Sale Price" in the directions but there is no column that says "Zulily Sale Price". I just had to guess which column they were probably referring to. We had to calculate things like wholesale cost, revenue, profit, zulily sale price. I found the calculations pretty straightforward. It was just using multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division with the excel formulas. I wouldn't say the formula sheet they give was particularly helpful. It was kind of hard to read especially because they used weird acronyms, so it worked better to just use intuition and basic math skills. The formatting was what threw me off. Good luck!

    Interview Questions

    • Rearranging the columns to match what they wrote in the directions   1 Answer
    • Use conditional formatting to highlight the products that were repeated in a column   1 Answer
    • Add a new column that adds together the product name and vendor column. So if the product name is "Lettuce" and the vendor is "Seattle Farmers" you need to do formula to make "Seattle Farmers Lettuce"   Answer Question
    • They referenced something like text to column split...   Answer Question
    • Using a drop down list, match the age of the consumer to what the vendor, product name, and size are.   Answer Question

zulily Awards & Accolades

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Favorite 50 (Online Retailers) , National Retail Federation, 2014
Venture Capital Award of Excellence , Ernst & Young, 2014
Next Tech Titan , GeekWire, 2013
Startup Deal of the Year , GeekWire, 2013
Tech Impact Award (Consumer/Retail) , Seattle Business Magazine, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Public (ZU)
Industry Retail
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Gilt Groupe, ideeli, Rue La La

zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day—all at incredible prices. zulily is fast-paced, data-driven and down to earth company with unique and challenging tech problems to solve. Mostly moms shop here, but all kinds of smart people work here. Founded in 2009 and launched in early 2010, zulily (lower case z) went public in November of ... More

Mission: We're creating something different. We're redefining online commerce with our dedication to innovation. We're building a great brand by delivering an amazing customer experience every day. And we're just getting started. Working at zulily is about fast growth, a high level of responsibility and the willingness to try new things. Join us.

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